Jan Shapin

Novels and Plays

Jan Shapin has been writing plays and screenplays for over twenty years.  More recently she has turned her attention to fiction.  She has studied playwriting at Catholic University in Washington, DC, screenwriting at the Film and Television Workshop and University of Southern California, and fiction writing at a variety of locations including Brown University, Barnard's Writers on Writing seminar, Sewanee Writers' Conference and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.  She has two grown children and lives in North Kingstown, RI with her husband, a photographer.   She can be reached via email at  [email protected]



Red Year

Red Year, a new novel set in China and Moscow, 1927


  • Rayna Prohme, a red-haired American woman falls in love with  the Bolshevik commander of a failing Chinese revolution.  


  • He gives her the mission of escorting the widow of the revolution's leader, Mme. Sun Yat Sen, to Moscow.


  • There, Mme. Sun falls victim to Stalin's  push to consolidate power.


Can Rayna single-handedly force Joseph Stalin to back down? 


Recent reviews:


Thursday, July 27th: Tina Says…     I love that Shapin was able to bring this era to life...A delight to read.

Tuesday, August 1st: Kahakai Kitchen      Is she a heroine, or a woman wanting an adventure who got caught up in the turmoil of history-- or maybe bit of both? 

Wednesday, August 2nd: Wining Wife   In Jan Shapin's red Year, the themes of passion, integrity, and justice are explored within the backdrop of a communist Russia and China.